Wednesday, May 16, 2012
|U District Provides Long-Term Vision for the Future||By City of Abbotsford|
ABBOTSFORD – Abbotsford Council officially endorsed the conceptual vision for future development around the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) today at the Executive Meeting of Council.
The U District vision is a 30-year planning concept for the area adjacent to the UFV campus. The document provides a context for future development in this strategic location so that new development will support the long-term growth and diversification of UFV and the surrounding neighbourhood.
"This strategic location will provide substantial opportunities for commercial development, residential development, employment and University expansion in the future," said Mayor Bruce Banman. "It's important that we put plans in place now so that development in the U District aligns with the strategic vision of the area."
The U District development plan was achieved through an extensive public consultation process beginning in 2011. Several hundred residents attended the public open houses in 2011, and numerous workshops and consultation meetings were conducted with stakeholders, including UFV staff and students, land owners, land developers, residents and city committees.
"The opportunities here are endless, and it is truly exciting to see what this area could look like in the future," said Banman. "The feedback we received through the public consultation process has been invaluable to us and it has helped develop this exciting concept of the U District's future."
The U District development plan encourages mixed-use, amenity–rich and eco-friendly development that supports UFV and the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre, and capitalizes on the new McCallum Interchange and existing and future transit improvements.